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Rail Yards Voluntary Remediation Plan

Rail Yards Voluntary Remediation Plan (VRP site No. 53161007)


Situated between 2nd Street and Commercial Street in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Rail Yards consists of approximately 27 acres located within the former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe /Burlington Northern Santa Fe Central Works Equipment Facility Rail yard that operated from the 1880s to the early 1990s. As a result of previous operations, the Site sustained environmental impacts from both petroleum hydrocarbon and metals contamination. Contamination is present in both the Site vadose zone (Site soils and soil vapor) and in the saturated zone (Site groundwater) and includes metals adsorbed to soil particles, organic vapors, and organic and inorganic solutes dissolved in groundwater. In addition, both asbestos-containing building materials and lead-based paint were used in many of the remaining buildings; contamination related to these building materials will also need to be mitigated during any building demolition or building renovation activity.

 To best address contamination concerns and help facilitate redevelopment, the City of Albuquerque is seeking to complete site redevelopment by inclusion in the New Mexico Environment Department Voluntary Remediation Program.

 The City of Albuquerque submitted a Voluntary Remediation Program application for the Rail Yards on January 19, 2019. Final eligibility was approved on May 25, the Voluntary Remediation Agreement was signed by all parties on June 5, and the final work plan was submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department on June 28, 2019.


Documents pertaining to The Rail Yards Voluntary Remediation Plan can be found on this website:

Documents from a 2017 environmental characterization report can be found below: